Arts and Culture

Birds of a revolutionary feather
Birds of a revolutionary feather
Eleven artists in white stood atop crates of glass bottles, barefoot and silent, gazing ahead as an audience in Athens watched in silence, a...
Venice Biennale: African pavilions and the politics of space
Venice Biennale: African pavilions and the politics of space
The theme set by 2017 Venice Biennale’s curator, Christine Macel, is “Viva Arte Viva!”, intended to celebrate artists and “art for art’s...
Afropunk’s growing gains and pains
Afropunk’s growing gains and pains
Afropunk comes to Johannesburg, all grown up. With that comes potential and grown-folk problems.
​Stunning Tangier of past, present and future
​Stunning Tangier of past, present and future
As a writer fascinated by the Beats, Tangier was a destination full of possibility and fascination. Although literature, poetry and cinema remain...
Danger to white cube galleries
Danger to white cube galleries
On the fringe of Johannesburg’s tentacular gentrification, Danger Gevaar Ingozi Studio is home to those with critical imaginations and no qualms...
Muyanga settles old scores on a visible stage
Muyanga settles old scores on a visible stage
As the featured artist at this year’s National Arts Festival, composer, librettist and performer Neo Muyanga and several collaborators will...
The Lists: Chimurenga Chronic, Lyric DVDs and celebrating comic books
The Lists: Chimurenga Chronic, Lyric DVDs and celebrating comic books
Manelis: Township Jupiter. Manelis has been tinkering with a new aesthetic pretty much since the Nineties, which is when...
Black, white and Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro review
Black, white and Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro review
In 1979, James Baldwin attempted to tell the story of the United States through three infamously martyred civil rights leaders: Medgar Evers,...
The South Africans in Paris make most of ‘Being There’
The South Africans in Paris make most of ‘Being There’
One of the highlights of the Louis Vuitton Foundation’s large showcase of South African art, one of three exhibitions devoted to Africa currently...
​The Foxy Five: Issue-driven, thinly written but rich with potential
​The Foxy Five: Issue-driven, thinly written but rich with potential
The media response to The Foxy Five, a South African-based web series created by Jabu Nadia Newman, has been curious. Since its...
Casting the music festival network wider
Casting the music festival network wider
The Igoda festivals during Africa month, which commemorates the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25 1963, are taking place...
Zadie Smith, Phuzekhemisi and 'Dear White People' — on our Lists this week
Zadie Smith, Phuzekhemisi and 'Dear White People' — on our Lists this week
Dear White People. Two years ago, the film was shown in movie houses but got tossed into the abyss of screenplays that...
SA artists to poke holes in African stereotypes in Venice
SA artists to poke holes in African stereotypes in Venice
South Africa’s participation in the Venice Biennale is marred by political exclusion during apartheid and, nowadays, the controversy about...

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